Rhode Island State Police Citizens Academy The Rhode Island State Police Citizens Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to become familiar with the operations, policies, and practices of the Rhode Island State Police. During the 6-week program, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Rhode Island State Police and experience some of the rigorous training that prepares Troopers for their jobs. The purpose of the program is to strengthen our relationship with the people we serve by fostering better communication and sharing a deeper understanding of the challenges and demands associated with law enforcement. The curriculum includes briefings and hands-on experience in areas including training, officer safety, patrol operations and procedures, response to resistance, domestic violence investigations, critical incident/victim assistance, and investigative techniques. Demonstrations of K-9s, tasers, and E 9-1-1 Operation Center are given. Participants will be briefed about the organization of the Rhode Island State Police and learn about the different divisions including Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Unit, Community Diversity and Equity Unit, Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau, Legal and other specialized units. The Rhode Island State Police Citizens Academy is held once a year and consists of three-hour blocks of instruction conducted weekly over a 6-week period. Graduates of the program receive a certificate of completion. To apply for the 2021 Rhode Island State Police Citizens Academy, click here.